Gus Van Sant’s new flick Paranoid Park screened at the Portland International Film Festival last night, unfortunately was a hot ticket since there was a reception afterwards with the director himself.
An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions.
As director of “My Own Private Idaho”, “Good Will Hunting”, “To Die For” and “Elephant”, Gus Van Sant has created some of the most memorable films about youth ever committed to film. At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the 60th Anniversary Prize for “Paranoid Park” which is largely considered one of his finest films.
Based on the novel by Blake Nelson & photographed by the incomparable Christopher Doyle (“In the Mood for Love”; “2046”), the film has captivated audiences worldwide, becoming a unanimous standout at the Cannes, New York and Toronto Film Festivals.
Hopefully, we’ll find out how it went down and give you the update.